Ben Stokes (Durham) Captain James Anderson (Lancashire) Jofra Archer (Sussex) Dominic Bess (Somerset) Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) Rory Burns (Surrey) Jos Buttler (Lancashire) Zak Crawley (Kent) Joe Denly (Kent) Ollie Pope (Surrey) Dom Sibley (Warwickshire) Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) Mark Wood (Durham)
It's Denly at 4, isn't it? Can kind of see the logic as Root will be back for the second test, but feels like a missed opportunity to blood Lawrence or Bracey in the middle order.
Bess as the one spinner feels like it's probably the right call, but feel for Leach.
Looks like Denly at 3. 😒 I was really quite unhappy with his inclusion until I made the connection you did, that they don’t want to unsettle some young talent by giving them a single Test; but Ed Smith’s latest words sound like Denly will be part of the plans for the foreseeable. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Denly’s performances, but this feels like the perfect time to rebuild for the future and I’m back to being unhappy again.
I’d say that Moe and Leach are in my top XI of England players ever from a personal preference perspective (Moe makes my global XI). Bess is the right decision but... bleah.
Oh I love Mo, but I think at this stage it's not helpful for him to play as one spinner in England. When we go back to the subcontinent I'm keen for him to be in the side, but for now I'm fine with him bossing ODI cricket. Give Bess a run, there's a player in there.
Balladeer: Happy new year and Christmas and all that to all. (Sorry - again, I mostly browse on mobile, so didn't see your earlier wishes!)
Dec 31, 2020 8:55:05 GMT
Mattzo: I hope you are all well, and good luck for 2021.
Dec 29, 2020 20:14:16 GMT
nemouk: Merry Boxing Day Test Eve!
Dec 25, 2020 12:59:41 GMT
waughandpeace: Merry Christmas all, and a happy new year - fingers crossed we'll all be back watching more cricket in 21
Dec 25, 2020 2:01:50 GMT
pierredelafranchesca: Gale and Pyrah to support Lions as coaches.....OK, i mean Gale has been shit for Yorks and is potentially neck deep in this racism case, but sure why not. In fact, keep the useless prick.
Dec 1, 2020 14:52:55 GMT
Balladeer: Definitely needed to be a thread. I came up with one of the same answers as you because I can't see the chatbox on mobile.
Jun 22, 2020 16:14:58 GMT